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United Way Kicks-Off their 2014-2015 Fundraising Efforts

Over 100 local business representatives and volunteers came out to support United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd in their annual Campaign Kick-Off on September 23rd at NRV SuperBowl in Christiansburg. United Way’s Campaign Kick-Off event marks the beginning of the United Way fundraising season each year. Guests gather to celebrate a new year of helping others and get motivated for what the upcoming year has in store. NRV SuperBowl donated accommodations and entertainment for the event and food was generously donated by Outback Steakhouse.

United Way invited several speakers to induce encouragement in the representatives present. Kathy Boyers, a former Beans and Rice Americorps VISTA, who currently has two grandchildren enrolled in the Beans and Rice program was one of the guest speakers at the event. Boyers shared “My grandchildren’s lives have improved immensely since they have been enrolled in the Beans and Rice after-school program. They are surrounded by positive role models, better equipped to handle school, and are happily performing well in life. My youngest grandchild sees her siblings so happy in the Beans and Rice after-school program and is already excited to get involved. Beans and Rice impacts our community now and the future of our community for the better and I’m proud to be a part of it.” read more

United Way invited several speakers to induce encouragement in the representatives present. Kathy Boyers, a former Beans and Rice Americorps VISTA, who currently has two grandchildren enrolled in the Beans and Rice program was one of the guest speakers at the event. Boyers shared “My grandchildren’s lives have improved immensely since they have been enrolled in the Beans and Rice after-school program. They are surrounded by positive role models, better equipped to handle school, and are happily performing well in life. My youngest grandchild sees her siblings so happy in the Beans and Rice after-school program and is already excited to get involved. Beans and Rice impacts our community now and the future of our community for the better and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Last year United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s monetary resources raised in the community were slightly less than their goal with a total of $690,000. This year their goal is to raise more funds for local charities than last year. Executive Director, Kymn Davidson-Hamley commented “We are fortunate to live in a community where we have so many supportive individuals and companies that continue to do all they can to help their neighbors. As we continue to see an increase in need, we hope to see an increase in donations to provide for all the need. To achieve our goal, we need more local businesses to offer workplace United Way giving campaigns and need to see more individual participation. We know that our community is strong and caring and that’s why United Way is aiming high for our 2014-2015 campaign and fully anticipate exceeding last year’s donations.”

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s mission is to unite local people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley. United Way and its partner agencies identify needs and address them with the collective generosity of local people and local companies.

Company campaigns and special fundraisers have begun in the New River Valley. If you would like more information on how to get involved or to learn more about Beans and Rice please visit United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s website.

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United Way’s 2014 Day of Caring

Twenty Eight individuals from local businesses, organizations and the general community volunteered their time on Friday, September 26th, as United Way of Montgomery Radford and Floyd held its 2014 Day of Caring volunteer event! Volunteer teams from local businesses and organizations paired up with non-profit agencies throughout the New River Valley such as Radford- Fairlawn Daily Bread, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Valley Interfaith Child Care Center, NRV CARES and more. Cindy Hale with HHHunt, volunteered for Day of Caring and shared “My team was assigned to run a food drive for Beans and Rice’s back-pack program, providing children with food for the weekends when school is out. It was impressive to see the amount of food a small group could collect in a short few hours. We were all humbled by the experience and so proud of people in our community who are so willing to help others. HHHunt had several teams working with partner agencies on the Day of Caring who were all grateful for the experience and happy they could volunteer!” read more

Day of Caring began with a kick-off breakfast at the United Way office, located at 111 West Main Street in Christiansburg, on Friday, September 26th from 8:30am – 9:00am. After check in, volunteers headed to their project sites from 9:00am – 12:00pm to assist with hands-on projects such as landscaping, arts and crafts with children, serving meals at a soup kitchen, sorting and organizing donations, and more. Seven businesses and organizations volunteered at the event, including; Foxridge Apartment Homes, First Bank of VA, HHHunt, National Property Inspection, Quest Floor Care, RU Social Work Club, Wine Shop at Home, and several other individual volunteers.

“It is inspiring to see corporations and individuals from around the community willing to donate their time and energy during the work week to help local organizations. Day of Caring is a perfect example of the power our community has when we work together. Today’s volunteers now understand more about our community’s needs and will share their experiences with neighbors and friends. Volunteering is infectious and creates stronger bonds. It’s exciting to be a part of and we hope to see the event continue to grow.” said Marcela Jara, Programs Coordinator of United Way Montgomery Radford and Floyd.

Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, increases the awareness of our local partner health and human services agencies, and demonstrates that neighbors helping neighbors can create positive change in our community! For more information or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Marcela Jara, Programs Coordinator of United Way of Montgomery Radford and Floyd at (540) 381-2066.

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United Way Stuff the Bus Campaign

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is kicking off its fifth annual Stuff the Bus campaign on July 1st. Stuff the Bus is a school supply drive for children in need in the New River Valley. Donation locations are available all around the community with drop bins designated at the entrances of these locations July 1st through July 31st.

Montgomery: Walmart, Big Lots, and Kroger on South Main St. in Blacksburg.

Radford: Radford Public Library and Radford Rec. Center.

Floyd: Floyd Pharmacy, Dollar General, and Slaughter’s Supermarket.

In addition to the month-long donation locations, a Stuff the Bus Event will take place Saturday, July 26th. A school bus will be parked at the Christiansburg Walmart, Radford Public Library, and Floyd County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On this day the community is urged to “stuff the bus” to help local children be sent to school prepared to learn.

All items received in a specific community collection location will be distributed to children in need in that community. All donations stay local to serve the needs of children in this community.

In 2013, residents across the New River Valley donated 7,500 items and served 565 children. Although last year’s Stuff the Bus campaign was a huge success, more children need our help. Please join us in our efforts to provide school supplies for children in our community.

Items Needed: Backpacks, Lunchboxes, Binders, Folders with pockets, Spiral notebooks, Notebook paper, Erasable ballpoint pens, No. 2 pencils, Highlighters, Pens, Pink erasers, Safety scissors, Washable markers, Colored pencils/Crayons, Glue sticks, Pointed scissors, Ruler, 3” x 5” Index cards, 5-tab index dividers, 3 or 5-subject spiral notebooks, Protractors, Compasses, Graph paper, Calculators, etc.

If your family needs assistance with school supplies for your children, or you would like additional information, please contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at (540)381-2066 or by email at info@unitedwaynrv.org.

LETTER CARRIERS PICKING UP PRECIOUS CARGO

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 22nd annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 10. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. Last year, letter carriers collected 74 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to more than a billion pounds for the NALC’s food drive, which began in 1992.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive never has been more important than in these times, with hunger a growing problem – affecting about 50 million people around the country, including 16 million children and five million senior citizens. 1 in 6 Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Pantry shelves that were filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in our own community. read more

On Saturday, May 10, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations residents leave near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

On a local level, the New River Valley Letter Carries collected over 30,000 pounds of food last year. Food Operation Coordinator for the main Christiansburg office, James Mann commented, “Seeing the community work together in all areas, even rural ones such as Pilot and Riner, is so full-filling. Each citizen is helping a family with a basic need that stays in our community.”

The NALC hopes to set a record in donations this year with its support from the United Way and other sponsors throughout the country. Some of the local beneficiaries include: Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, The Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association Pantry, United Way MRF, Floyd Emergency Assistance Program, and Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread.

For additional information about the food drive, contact the local United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd office at (540) 381-2066 or by email at info@unitedwaynrv.org.

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United Way Presents 4th Annual Casino Night

Feeling lucky? United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd will hold their fourth annual Casino Night on Saturday, May 10th. The fundraiser will be held at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg, Virginia. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm and end at 11:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy live music, dancing, a full buffet that will feature items like a sushi station and mac n’cheese bar, cash bars, a photo booth, silent auction, black jack, Texas hold’ em, and roulette tables as well as a guest favorite, River City Horse Racing!

Some of this year’s prizes include: a Salsa 2013 Colossal road bike, a football and mini helmet autographed by coach Frank Beamer, two footballs autographed by current NFL, retired NFL and Virginia tech players, a VIP cellar tour and tasting for four at Attimo Winery, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, and much more. Last year’s lucky guests won over $10,000 worth of prizes – maybe this is your lucky year?” read more

All proceeds from this event will benefit the local human and health building efforts of United Way and the 26 local charities they support. These charities include the Free Clinic of the NRV, NR Family Shelter, Women’s Resource Center, Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the NRV, NRV CARES and many more.

Casino Night attire is formal so please come dressed to impress. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Check out our NEW website at www.unitedwaycasinonight.com and reserve your tickets today.

A special thank you to United Way’s Casino Night sponsors: 94.9 Star Country, Campus Automotive, AesirTech Consulting, Old Town Printing, Shelor Motor Mile and Edward Jones, Financial Advisor Jonathan Rosche. Sponsorship are still available, if you or anyone you know would like to sponsor this exciting event that helps our community building efforts, please contact us at (540) 381-2066.

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2014 Bill Roth Day

On Saturday, January 11th Cassell Coliseum had some special fans in the audience. 125 youth and their chaperons cheered on the Virginia Tech Men's basketball team for the annual Bill Roth's Kids Day event, partnered with United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd. This year marked the 12th year for the event which has nearly doubled in size over the past few years.

Participating partner agencies included; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, New River Family Shelter, Girl Scouts VA Skyline Council, Intellectual Disabilities Agency, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts (Blue Ridge Mountains Council.) All guests were give a ticket to the game, lunch with a milkshake, t-shirt, and a photo session with the Hokie Bird. read more

New River Valley Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Tim Reynolds stated, “We would like to thank Bill Roth and United Way for allowing us to take part in this wonderful event. January is Mentor Awareness month and this experience gave our matches a great opportunity to celebrate together. We had 30 individuals take advantage of the opportunity in our group alone. We enjoyed cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies and meeting the Hokie bird after the event. Many of our children were even able to get autographs from players, coaches and the Hokie Bird. Experiences like this one will forever be in the minds of these children and being on a college campus inspires them to imagine themselves there one day.”

Roth concluded, “There's something special, almost magical, about attending an ACC basketball game. It was wonderful to see kids, who otherwise might not have the chance to ever attend an ACC game in person, enjoy such a memorable day. We do our best to roll-out the red carpet and make each child feel special, and judging by the post game grins, it was a fantastic experience for each of them. This is a true team effort and we appreciate the continued support from Virginia Tech Athletics and Bull & Bones and all our United Way partner-agency representatives who served as chaperones for our group of very special young people."

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Toys from the Heart program a huge success!

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s annual Toys from the Heart program was a huge success thanks to the generosity of donors throughout the New River Valley. This year with the help of several local businesses and nonprofits, United Way helped 435 families receive assistance this holiday season. Over 300 children received toys through our Toys from the Heart program and 435 people enjoyed a Christmas meal that included a turkey or ham with the assistance for our Holiday Meal Box program.

Toys from the Heart is a Christmas assistance program that serves families with children under the age of 18. The program ensures that families experiencing financial difficulties receive assistance during the winter holidays. Upon approval, families are able to shop for toys, sports equipment, school supplies, and personal items for their children. The program also offers families a live or artificial Christmas tree, the option to cut down a tree at a local tree farm, and a dinner box that includes all the holiday essentials, including a turkey or ham! read more

Marcela Jara, Programs Coordinator at United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, expressed her gratitude for the program, “We sincerely appreciate each person who contributed. This program is about so much more than toys. It’s about a mother’s relief in knowing her community cares about her and her family when she has experienced a stressful and hard year. It’s about the feeling of knowing you are helping someone else. It’s about a child being able to enjoy Christmas and not be worried because they see their parents upset. It’s about the true meaning of the holiday season and making a difference.”

Toys from the Heart is a collaborative effort of several local nonprofits. New River Community Action and United Way conducted eligibility screenings throughout the NRV while Knights of Columbus maintained donated items and coordinated shopping efforts for participants.

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is extremely thankful for everyone who participated in this program; the Knights of Columbus, Toys for Tots, New River Community Action, Montgomery County Social Services, the Christmas Store, Belmont Christian Church, local businesses, churches, and community members that dropped off generous donations. Thank you for your generosity and making a difference in our community!

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